Traditional Medicinals

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Everyone has a health fear, I think. I worry about my heart health. Thus, I am choking down this hibiscus potion.

It’s not actually that bad. It smells more hibiscus-y than it tastes. I think the hawthorn is giving it an herbaceous, earthy quality to it. It tastes like health.

Fjellrev

I had no idea it was even known for supporting heart health!

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I was wary about trying this tea because ginger and I do not play well together. Truth be told, I don’t care much for it. I went out for lunch with a friend yesterday and the selection of teas were limited. I saw the box sitting there for this one so I went for it. I really like green tea and was hoping that the ginger in it was going to be muted. To my pleasant surprise, the ginger was indeed very subtle and I was really happy about it. This made for a nice, smooth, calming, relaxing cup of tea as I chatted over an also very enjoyable vegetarian lunch.

Flavors: Ginger, Green

Kristal

I’m starting to really like Traditional Medicinals. They are pretty cheap and none of the ones I’ve had have any artificial flavourings + they are good to keep around when you are getting sick (like me right now…). I have a cold and flu sampler pack I got off of amazon that have 4 herbal teas and I recommend keeping those in stock if that’s your thing :)

teapartyfortwo

I couldn’t agree more with you Kristal! It’s very reasonably priced, readily available (I’ve bought it at the grocery store) and the quality of the flavour is decent. A winner in my book!

Kristal

Oh yes :). It just amazes me how their herbals teas have NO other flavourings. I know I mentioned artificial in the previous comment but even trying to find a bagged herbal tea without “natural” flavourings (whatever that means) is nearly impossible- but Traditional Medicinals you don’t get that :).

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I reaaaaallly don’t like the flavour of this tea. It’s gross. However, that is NOT the point of drinking it. I’m currently drinking it steeped as directed for 15 minutes with 2 spoonfuls of honey and 2 tea bags in my large special order cat mug (I had it done with a black cat with yellow eyes on it. Currently all 3 of my pure black cats look like that so I can’t choose which one it is.)(I have another one with a white cat with blue eyes that is Sinatra. My other white cat Groucho (RIP) had one blue eye and one yellow one.)

SO yes. Disgusting. Have to say though, it does feel good on the throat. It’s stil a bit tickly but I’m not done with the mug yet and I can feel the ‘good slimy’ covering my throat in the back. Just needs to be a bit of a thicker layer and a bit more soothing. I have a stupid tickle in my throat that I think I picked up either from the cold air while walking or from gas fumes. Or possibly from the smokers outside that I had to walk past this morning. Cigarette smoke always makes me cough but usually I’m not still coughing 5 hours later.

I’m not even sick, so I can taste all of this and it is like being punched in the face by a giant animated liquorice stick. But like I said, that’s not the point.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Oof, you’re strong, managing to drink something that licoricey on purpose!

Starfevre

I will not lie, it was extremely unpleasant, but the throat tickle was worse. I was really tired of coughing.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been sucking on “warm apple pie” cough drops with pectin. They are… well, they mostly work. (I don’t do mint, so my options are limited!)

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Double-bagged this one and added some honey.

Too much honey, as it turns out. It ended up making the lavender taste VERY bitter and herb-y, and then the rest of the cup was like drinking lukewarm, ubersweet syrup.

What a crappy week this has been. I can’t even get a simple bagged chamomile to taste right so that I can sleep because stress is keeping me awake, lol.

Sooooooo happy that I have the next few days off.

Anlina

I’m sorry to hear about your crappy week. I hope your time off is recharging.

teaqueen

Thank you :)

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The lavender was the appealing part for me. The lemon balm was a lovely surprise!

It tastes sweet and floral, like you’d expect. Helped me sleep after a very tiring few days off. Would probably be divine with honey.

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Once again, I’m not sick, but just sampling the teas out of my “Cold Season Sampler” from Traditional Medicinals.

The main flavour in this tea is anise/licorice root followed by cinnamon. I don’t like eating actual licorice but I do like it in tea. I can definitely see how it would be soothing on a sore throat, like Bravissimo from DAVID’s tea or “Don’t worry, be happy” from Steeped tea. The one difference between this tea and those loose leaf teas is that this doesn’t have chamomile. I like chamomile, but this would be better to sip during the day so I wouldn’t fall asleep!

Overall this tea is really nice. It rivals Bravissimo and Don’t Worry be happy and I would even dare to say that it is better due to the fact that the licorice/anise is stronger and will therefore help a sore throat more. This may be the first time I say a bagged tea is better than loose leaf!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 400 ML
Lisa Elizabeth

Better than Bravissimo? Strong words, my friend!

Kristal

It’s been a while since I’ve had it, so take my words with a grain of salt! Bravissimo is more complex in its flavour but I’m pretty sure this tea is more soothing on a sore throat than Bravissimo, which is what I’m rating it by.

Lisa Elizabeth

Alright, I will concede that point.

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t like licorice tasting teas

Kristal

update: I’ve been sick and this tea REALLY works at soothing a sore throat. Def recommend!

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This is a nice light tea (or maybe it’s just light because I used 1 tea bag for about 500ml?). The first taste is peppermint, followed by a floral flavour and a hint of cinnamon. I like all the flavours, and I know it’ll be beneficial when I’m sick :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

Since trying Echinacea Plus at work before I decided to by a “Cold Season Sampler” off of amazon from Traditional Medicinals. I’m not sick, but I tend to like teas that are beneficial to you when sick (plus it is always good to keep some of those teas around!).

This tea tastes primarily of licorice root with a slightly spicy and medicinal aftertaste. I like how the licorice root balances everything out without being overpowering. I can see this being quite soothing when sick so I’ll probably lay off drinking anymore of this until I really need it.

Flavors: Licorice, Medicinal, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lisa Elizabeth

I love licorice teas which is funny because I hate actual licorice! I think it’s that wonderful aftertaste that’s so soothing.

Kristal

That’s EXACTLY me. I think that there is a big difference between licorice root/anise seed and black licorice though. Bleh.

Lisa Elizabeth

Everything’s better in tea!

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75

A straightforward, soothing spearmint tea. I really like spearmint flavour and actually prefer it over peppermint flavour. It just seems sweeter and brighter somehow. I like drinking any mint tea really. I find it makes me feel very calm and relaxed.

Flavors: Spearmint

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69

The taste is not great but also not horrible. Soothes your throat for about as long as a Halls cough drop. I used to have a few bags in my desk at work in case I needed them.

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75

I forgot to pack some tea to go to work so I rummaged the cupboard at the library and saw that this was one of the few non-caffeine teas they have. I like herbal medicinal teas so I thought I would give ‘er a go. The main taste is the echinacea with mint (I personally don’t detect a citrus flavour that the packaging mentions). I find that the echinacea slightly dries out my mouth (the packaging says it’s a “tingling feeling” but I don’t find that). Overall it’s pretty good. I wouldn’t mind looking into this brand more because it seems like they don’t use any extra flavourings which is really unusual for herbals (and even more unusual for bagged tea herbals!) and they focus more on ingredients with health benefits.

Flavors: Medicinal, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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10

This smells just like licorice candy. I had read that the primary flavor was licorice so I was prepared, but I was hoping it would be something more like anise. Aside from the licorice, there is also spice here that I can’t quite figure out. I was thinking maybe ginger but I don’t see that on the ingredient list.

This smells different while its steeping, more like the anise I was hoping for, and a bit sweet. Wow, this has some serious licorice flavor. It kind of hits you at the back of the throat with this cloying artificial sweetness. I certainly wouldn’t drink this for the flavor so hopefully it does its job and makes my sore throat feel better this morning.

Flavors: Anise, Artificial, Ginger, Licorice, Spices, Sweet

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Well, it does feel good on my throat. And it’s sweet and a bit cinnamony. Mega licorice, which is sort of the point but would probably be a dealbreaker for some people.

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Breaking out the medicinal teas to try to help fight this cold. This one tastes… herbal. The lemongrass and spearmint are there, but mild. I probably wouldn’t drink this just for the taste, but it’s ok.

Shae

Hope you feel better soon!

Lindsay

Thanks. :)

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I was feeling a bit woozy this afternoon so I decided on my way home from work that I would have either a cup of this tea or an Airborne tablet as soon as I got home. Tea wins. My sweet husband offered to make me a cup and I was glad to let him do it. He isn’t feeling his best either so hopefully we aren’t coming down with something. So today I’m drinking this not for the taste, but for the herbs that will hopefully pull me back from the brink of whatever sickness I’ve caught from work. The taste is still decent, much like a plain chamomile tea, so I’m enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

Shae

Thank you!

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This cup isn’t as good as I remember it being a few weeks ago. I may have just steeped it too long. I can still taste the mint, maybe something like chamomile too. It feels a little flat. But of course with teas like this it’s really not about the taste. Several people at work have been sick lately so I’m trying to be proactive and boost my immune system a bit before I catch something. It’s a little bitter as it cools so I’m sure the fact that I steeped it too long has something to do with it.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The liquid is a deep amber color with a definite green tint. It smells minty and slightly vegetal. The taste is mint but also chamomile. It’s only the slightest bit bitter.

This is definitely a feel better tea, one you might crave when feeling sick. I felt yesterday that I might be coming down with a cold, but today I feel pretty much back to normal. Maybe it was the citrus tea or maybe it has something to do with the multivitamins I started taking. I’m not sure, but I thought it would be best to banish any remnants of sickness with a cup of this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My stomach is bothering me today, so I decided to try this. I don’t know if the bag I have is old, but this didn’t really have much punch, even when steeping for the full recommended 10 minutes. Meh.

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At first I was hesitant about this tea, I thought it didn’t taste as clean as the Yogi brand of Peppermint (which I couldn’t find at the store last night). But it is an easy, smooth tea that is absolutely delicious! Very happy with this tea’s taste and fresh smell. :)

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m 1.5 weeks from my due date! I’m sooooo ready to meet this baby and also to get my body back. I had the easiest pregnancy up until the last couple months. I’ve gained more weight than I should have and I’m not all that tall. I think my body wasn’t built to handle this much weight, so I’m pretty much in constant pain. Sleeping is the worst. Any time I’m laying down, I hurt everywhere: hips, thighs, abdomen, back. It’s obnoxious! I get about an hour of sleep and then I wake up in so much pain that the only way to get rid of it is to stand up and walk around, which obviously means I’m exhausted and fatigued. This is much harder than I had anticipated. I walk at the speed of a 95-year-old lady. I constantly feel like I have to pee even when there’s no pee in me. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night because I vomit in my sleep. Yuck. I feel helpless. It’s rather pitiful. I can’t wait to be normal again. And of course, it’s all worth it. But that doesn’t make the pain any less at this moment. At least I’m not afraid of labor anymore! The number one word to describe how I feel about labor is excited! Bring it on! Well, that was a huge digression but at least an on topic one. :)

ON TO THE TEA!

I tend to steep this once for 5 minutes and then again for 15. That way I get two cups out of one teabag. Today I kind of forgot about it and steeped it for 20 minutes out of the gate. Whoops! Anyway, this tea is a surprise. I guess I always assumed red raspberry leaf would be red and taste like raspberries. But it’s the color of your average herbal (a dark amber) and tastes like mint. Watered down mint; it’s not super strong.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable tea. It’s obviously not something I would drink if I wasn’t pregnant, but I can recommend it to other women in their third trimester. Now I have no idea if this will bring on labor any faster, but it’s supposed to be good for me. So I plan on drinking two cups a day until I run out of tea or the baby arrives, whichever comes first. Let’s hope it’s the latter. :) Come on, baby! We want to meet you!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

hahaha oh man. way to sell being preggers :)

Veronica

Bless your heart! I remember those days. You are right though, it’s all going to be worth it when you’re holding that sweet baby. Good luck. Remember you’re stronger than you think!

rosebudmelissa

The last few weeks were definitely worse than the delivery for me. Knowing that the end is in sight really makes a difference. Arnica lotion really helped with my aches and pains. I know you can buy it, or you can make it yourself: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/pain-relieving-coconut-oil-arnica-salve-recipe/ . It’s really good for tension headaches, bruises, and soreness from exercising as well.

Indigobloom

I love raspberry leaf tea!

CHAroma

Thanks all! The end is in sight. :) And thanks for the link, rosebudmelissa! I’ve never heard of arnica before, but I’ll be sure to check it out. :)

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10

i don’t like this tea anymore the lemon tastes weird and im not much for lemons now

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when I smell the leaves dry, it smells like spicy flowers

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells like lemon flowers.

when I taste the tea, it tastes nutty flowery and like lemons.

overall it is an ok tea

2 × 1.5 g bags

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 25 OZ / 750 ML

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